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What is Morbid Obesity? 

Morbid obesity is a serious medical condition. If you are morbidly obese, it means that you are severely overweight by at least 100 pounds. It also means that you have excessive amounts of body fat compared to healthy standards. 

Knowing whether or not you are morbidly obese is important. This condition puts you at very high risk for a host of serious medical problems, including high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease. Being morbidly obese may also hamper your ability to get around, expose you to possible discrimination or social stigma and may lower your self-esteem. 

What Risks Do I Face If I'm Morbidly Obese?

If you are morbidly obese, you have a much greater risk of developing a variety of serious medical conditions compared to individuals who are not obese. You may develop health problems at a younger age. Some of these conditions may include:

  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • Angina
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Stroke
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • Back Pain
  • Pregnancy Complications (including diabetes, high blood pressure, pre-eclampsia and c-section delivery)
  • Menstrual Irregularity and Infertility in Women
  • Bladder Problems
  • Poor Heat Tolerance
  • Complications and Infections after Surgery
  • Skin Infections
  • Depression and Eating Disorders
  • Certain Cancers
  • Premature Death